Hark! the Herald

Thanksgiving Edition: Friday, November 23rd, 2018

“Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.” – Melody Beattie

We hope that you are enjoying this Thanksgiving holiday with your children,

and gathered together with family or friends.

Wherever you are, make sure to slow down, and enjoy the moment.

Life moves fast and children grow up quickly.

Thank you for sharing in our community this year!

With Gratitude,

All of the Faculty and Staff of Saint Michael School

Important Dates and Reminders

  • All School Christmas Concert on Thursday, December 13th at 6pm.

  • Christmas Dance on Friday, December 14th from 7-9pm for Grades 7-12.

  • Early Release on Friday, December 21st at 12:00 Noon. Christmas Break begins and runs thru Tuesday, January 1st. Classes resume on Wednesday, January 2nd.

  • It's getting cold outside, but that won't stop us from making sure the kids get outside for some fresh air and exercise. Please make sure they are coming to school with appropriate attire for recess and outdoor activities every day. This includes snow pants, boots, gloves or mittens, and hats.

  • If your child has borrowed or worn home anything from the closet that you do not intend to keep, would you please consider washing and returning it. We would also be grateful for any donations of clothing your child has outgrown.


For all of our new families, each winter our students in grades K-12 have the opportunity to signup for a winter sports program offered here in the community.

Signup sheets were sent home on Tuesday.

Please talk with your children over the weekend about which program they would like to participate in this year.

We need to have forms returned by next Tuesday, November 27th to submit an initial count.

** Please note that there are different age requirements and additional fees for each choice**

Here are the choices:

cross country skiing/snowshoeing

downhill skiing


ice skating


**The students LOVE having parent involvement and we need drivers and chaperones to help out. So if you are free on Monday afternoons and you would like to join us, please call the office and we will let you know where we might need some extra hands.**

Ways You Can Help!

Here are some items we need for the school:

  • cough drops and tissues :)
  • new or gently used winter gear such as hats, gloves, mittens etc.
  • cookie sheets or muffin tins for our breakfast and AMP program

Volunteer Opportunities:

  • Christmas Dance Helpers. Please contact Katie Pierce if you would like to get involved at piercekatie@hotmail.com
  • Winter sports drivers and chaperones
  • Help with various mailings or office tasks over the next few months. Any day helps!

Calling all basketball players!!

SMS will begin basketball practice on Tuesday, November 27.

Our team will consist of 8th-12th grade and is co-ed.

It will be $40/student or $50/family to play. This cost helps us to pay for referees and the gym. Permission slips were passed out this week so please get them filled out and returned as soon as possible.

Practice will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday at Winston Prouty Center Gym, the same place we were last year, and Thursday at SMS in Rand Hall.

Practice time will be 3:30-5pm. Coaching will be provided by the generosity of Mr. Tatro and Mr. Chechile. We have joined the River Valley League. and the schedule will be sent home with your child as soon as it is finalized. We will need parents to help with transport to Winston Prouty for both practice and games.

Should you have any questions, feel free to contact me. We are looking forward to coaching your children this year.


Jenn Kelliher



Project Feed the Thousands

This year, Saint Michael School will again partner with Project Feed the Thousands to provide food donations to St. Brigid's Kitchen and other local food pantries. One of our high school seniors, Rodney Duteau, has asked to head up the initiative this year. More details will be announced soon.

As you do your holiday shopping, or take advantage of post-Thanksgiving sales and specials, please consider purchasing some non-perishable food items to contribute to our efforts.

Project Feed the Thousands was started in 1994 by Larry Smith and George Haynes. Their initial goal was to fill a single tractor trailer with food for people in Brattleboro area. Over the years, the need has grown. Project Feed has also grown in size and scope. Today, Project Feed the Thousands collects more than 200,000 meals and personal care items for thousands of people in and around six communities across southeastern Vermont and southwestern, NH.

SAVE THE DATE! Christmas Dance

Friday, Dec. 14th, 7-9pm

St Michael's Catholic School, 48 Walnut Street, Brattleboro, VT, USA

Saint Michael School will be hosting a Christmas Dance in a few weeks.

The dance will be open to all students in grades 7 through 12 and their guests.

Students from outside our school community will have to fill out some paperwork in order to attend.

Be thinking of who you would like to invite and other ways that you can help or get involved.

Volunteer Hours Opportunities:

We need someone with Music/ DJ expertise...

Please contact Katie Pierce if you would like to get involved at piercekatie@hotmail.com

Breakfast Lunch and AMP Menus

Breakfast is $2.25 and Lunch is $3.50

Monday 11-25-18

Bagel w/cream cheese, juice, fruit choice, milk

Tuesday 11-26-18,

French toast w/syrup, juice, fruit choice, milk

Wednesday 11-27-18

Blueberry muffin, string cheese, juice, fruit choice, milk

Thursday 11-28-18

Pancakes w/syrup, sausage, juice, fruit choice, milk

Friday 11-29-18

Sausage/Egg/Cheese breakfast sandwich., juice, fruit choice, milk

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Please find attached the menu for afterschool meals this month.

Community Events

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Click Here to Make Amazon Smile Purchases This Holiday

This Black Friday, score deals at smile.amazon.com/ch/03-0181252 and AmazonSmile donates to Saint Michael Parish Charitable Trust. Thank you so much for your support!

Advent Giving Tree and Advent Appeal

If you are in need of help with fuel, rent, security deposit, utilities, clothing, or buying Christmas gifts for your children this year, please contact Kerry at the rectory at 257-5101.


Hi! I'm Breton Abbondanzio, the new Music Director at St. Michael Parish and I'm pleased to offer private lessons in piano and organ. I teach all ages and levels and some of my students have won prizes in the ATAM Music Competition in Newton, MA. Lessons are a half hour in duration and my fee is reasonable and competitive. Please give me a call at (413) 824-9881 or email me at babbondanzio@gmail.com. I look forward to teaching your child!


It's not too late to join a group of young people who are doing dramatic readings from C.S. Lewis's novel “The Screwtape Letters” every week. This group is open to youth age high school and up. They meet from 9:10 to 10:10 on Sunday mornings in the parish center.

FINAL WEEK for Hannaford Helps Schools

Help raise money for our school with Hannaford Helps Schools!

Now through 12/1, every time you buy 4 participating products you’ll earn $3 for our school!

Look for shelf tags in-store or click to see the full list of products: http://bit.ly/2MrRBpr

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